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General News of Friday, 23 November 2012

Source: myjoyonline.com

Anyone against free SHS is a nation wrecker - Osafo Maafo

Former Education and Sports Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo has described those opposed to the New Patriotic Party‘s (NPP)free Senior High School (SHS) educational policy as “nation wreckers”.

According to him, such pessimists who do not have the foresight and vision to accelerate the nation development should be ignored.

Yaw Osafo Maafo was reacting to recent prediction by President John Mahama that the NPP’s free SHS policy will fail.

Citing the Kenya and Uganda example, the President said because these countries did not provide the needed infrastructure and resources before implementing the policy, they are now bearing the brunt.

Addressing a rally at Okere in the Eastern Region, President Mahama reiterated his government's commitment to expand infrastructure at the secondary level.

But on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Friday, Yaw Osafo Maafo said the conduct of the president is more like a prophet of doom.

He indicated that for political expediency, members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) have a psychological orientation that the free SHS is not possible and nothing can change their minds.

The former Education Minister noted that if a country like Botswana has been able to successfully implement the policy, why not Ghana which was the first African country to gain independence?

Osafo Maafo said an Akufo-Addo presidency will make judicious use of the oil revenue by investing it in education to benefit all Ghanaians.

He intimated that the NDC has driven the country into economic, social and political ditch and it will only take a visionary and a more competent leader like Nana Akufo-Addo to salvage the nation.

Osafo Maafo urged all members and sympathizers of the NPP to work hard to achieve success and called on electorates to vote the party into power.

He expressed optimism that the NPP will come out victorious on December 7.

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